Kades:Cyprus supports transition to a smarter CAP, only if member-states’ specificities are taken into account

Cyprus supports joint efforts and initiatives for the transition towards a “smarter”, modern, flexible, less bureaucratic and sustainable common agricultural policy (CAP) of the EU, but it is necessary to take into account the specificities of the Member States, the Minister of Agriculture Development and Environment, Costas Kades told, to the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, whom he met today in Luxembourg.

The Minister, who is in Luxembourg, representing Cyprus in the European Unions Agriculture and Fisheries Council, agreed with the Commissioner to keep an open communication channel, both between them and at a administrative level, in order to strengthen and expand the already close cooperation between Cyprus and the Commission. The Minister invited the Commissioner to visit Cyprus in the immediate future, an invitation that the Commissioner accepted.

The two officials agreed that European agriculture will soon face new and complex challenges, making the revision and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CFP) imperative.

As regards Cyprus in particular, the Minister of Agriculture explained to the Commissioner a number of issues that concern Cypriot farmers, stressing the need to support the agricultural sector by maintaining the level of direct payments coming exclusively from the EU Budget.

He also informed the Commissioner about the problems Cyprus is facing due to prolonged drought and water scarcity, with negative consequences for agriculture and rural development, and noted that it is looking to support the EU to manage them all for the benefit of the Cypriot farmers.

Finally during the works of the Council itself (dealing with the Commission proposal banning unfair commercial practices in the food chain, reducing food waste and the sustainable exploitation of demersal fish stocks), Costas Kades expressed support for the relevant Commission proposal, underlining that it will strengthen existing national legislation of the Member States to curb unfair commercial practices and help support producers in the alimentary chain.

Source: Cyprus News Agency